Ginger Snap Crafts: July 2019

{wow me} wednesday #314

Hello! Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
I’m so glad you are here. :)

Just a heads up! :) I’m co-hosting a huge blog hop & giveaway
with some of my favorite Cricut bloggers. You can find out all about that here!
Be sure to enter to win almost $600 worth of fabulous Infusible Ink supplies here.

Easy Pen Holder Teacher Gift {tutorial}

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Good morning! Oh my goodness! My kiddos go back to school in a little over two weeks. Isn’t that crazy? Summer flew by! Buuuut I am excited to get back in the schedule & routine that school brings. Annnd it will be football season soon. Yay! ;) At the beginning of the school year, it’s always fun to bring a back to school gift to your new teacher. So today I am excited to share this Easy Pen Holder Teacher Gift idea with you with Pilot Pen at Walmart. They are the perfect addition for the upcoming school year for you & your favorite teacher. Let’s get started. :)

Peony Paper Flower + Cricut EasyPress & Infusible Ink Giveaway Bundle {tutorial}

This post is not sponsored by Cricut, but affiliate links are used.

Good morning! I am super excited today to join with some of my favorite Cricut bloggers to bring you a fun Summer of Flowers event. Throughout this week, we will all be sharing our favorite flower inspired projects using our Cricut machines. :) Today I am excited to share this Peony Paper Flower tutorial with you. :) Annnnnd did I mention that I have a huge Cricut giveaway for you, too? Yep! I do! So, let’s get started.

DIY Reusable Back to School Sign with Cricut {tutorial}

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Good morning! Back to school is right around the corner! Annnnnd I love using my Cricut Maker to personalize all the things! :) With my Cricut Maker, I can make cute back to school signs, personalized notebooks, binders, lunch boxes and more. The possibilities are endless! Today I’d love to show you how made this cute DIY Reusable Back to School Sign & a few other easy back to school ideas. Let’s get started. :)

For these projects you will need:
Cricut Premium Vinyl
Cricut Maker
Cricut Glitter Vinyl
Cricut Transfer Tape
Cricut StrongGrip Transfer Tape
Cricut Essential Tool Set
Cricut StandardGrip Mat
8x10 frame
black cardstock
paper trimmer
spiral notebook
storage box
#MA523FBA image in Design Space

Alright, let’s get to these easy tutorials. :)

***To make this back to school sign you’ll need this design from Design Space .*

I used removable white premium vinyl for this project. I love this vinyl because:

  • You can remove it without residue for up to 2 years.
  • It lies nice & flat. So, you can cut with ease & accuracy every time. 
  • It is easy to weed & effortless to apply.

After your vinyl is cut out, carefully begin the weeding process by remove the excess vinyl.

Then use your weeding tool to remove all the tiny pieces inside the letters & shapes.

Next, carefully apply a piece of transfer tape over the top of the vinyl.

Flip it over, and then just as carefully remove the backing paper leaving the vinyl on the transfer tape.

Next grab your frame. I cut a piece of black cardstock to fit my frame & put it inside the frame. Then I applied the vinyl to the front of the glass. Be careful! Place your vinyl carefully into place. Vinyl loves glass! ;) It will stick almost instantly! So, be sure your vinyl is lined up & exactly where you want it before laying it down. Rub gently & then carefully remove the transfer tape leaving the vinyl behind. Easy! :)

To fill in the blanks have your kiddo use a chalk marker. It writes amazingly well on the glass. Use a damp cloth to erase, and you can use this sign again & again for multiple kiddos & over multiple years. This would make a fun first day of school tradition. :)

Snap a picture of your kiddo after they fill it out, and you will have a keepsake to last forever. :)

I also wanted to share two more cute back to school personalization projects with my Cricut Maker with you. I just couldn’t stop once I got started. ha! The first one is how I personalize a plain spiral notebook with some cute vinyl. ***You can find this cute “a unicorn ate my homework” design right here in Design Space.***

For this project, I used both the premium vinyl & glitter vinyl. With the glitter vinyl, you’ll want to use the Cricut StrongGrip Transfer Tape for best results.

First, I applied my regular vinyl then the glitter horn.

The possibilities with this are endless. Your kiddos can even help design their notebooks to exactly how they like! Design Space has thousands & thousands of designs. My son wants me to make him a robot one next! :)

Alright, here is my last idea (for now!). I found these cute locker boxes that have a divided tray on top & with storage underneath. I thought they’d be perfect to hold my kiddos’ school supplies in. ***I found these cute school labels in Design Space right here.***

I simply applied the vinyl inside each compartment.

Isn’t that the cutest thing ever? ;) It makes my heart happy!

In the bottom I put the scissors label. It also has room to hold a few more random things.

My kiddos had fun filling up each spot with their school supplies. I love it! :)

What would you like to personalize for back to school? Let me know! :)

Enjoy these other fun back to school projects. :)

Back to School Photo Prop

Back to School Messenger Bag

10 Back to School Printables

10 Back to School Ideas

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{wow me} wednesday #313

Hello! Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
I’m so glad you are here. :)

Last week I featured 10 Bathroom Updates!
You can check them all out right over here.

5 Tips for a Fresh Smelling Bathroom

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Good morning! Having 5 kiddos can make having a clean smelling bathroom a little bit of a struggle. Kids are stinky! ha! ;) If you struggle with this too, keep reading! Today, I am excited to share my 5 Tips for a Fresh Smelling Bathroom with Angel Soft® with Fresh Lavender-Scented Tube.

Wedding Reception Centerpiece ideas

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Good morning! I don’t know if I have officially announced it here on the blog yet. Buuuut if not, here we go! ha! :) My oldest son is getting married! Eek! Crazy, I know! How is he that old? Annnd how am I that old? ;) He will be getting married in Utah in just a few weeks. Next month, we will be having an open house at our house to celebrate. So, I have been busy getting everything ready for that. I want to keep it sweet & simple. We are going with a farmhouse picnic theme complete with BBQ, candles, patio lights, outdoor games, buffalo check tablecloths, farmhouse metal chairs & of course, using lots of pictures in the decorating. I love decorating with pictures in my home, & a wedding reception is also the perfect place to display photos of the happy couple. So, today I’d love to share some wedding reception centerpiece ideas featuring MIXPIX Photo Tiles from I would love to get your thoughts! Let’s get started. :)

10 Bathroom Updates

Good morning! The bathroom is hands down one of busiest rooms in the house. Am I right? ;) So, you want your bathroom looking great & being functional all at the same time. These 10 Bathroom Updates are sure to do the trick. It can be as easy as updating the flooring to organizing your bathroom essentials to work best for you. All of these amazing ideas were linked up to the last several {wow me} wednesday parties. This week’s party is still going on. Feel free to swing by & check that out right here. Buuuuuuut first enjoy this bathroom inspired feature post! :)

DIY Tote & Coaster Set with Cricut Infusible Ink {tutorial}

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love my Cricut Maker, and I really love all the fun things it can do! It can cut, score, draw & so much more. I love how Cricut is always coming up with new tools & products for my machine all the time as well. The possibilities are endless. Annnnd one of the newest products that Cricut has launched lately is Cricut Infusible Ink! Now I can make vibrant, pretty, permanent designs on totes, tees, coasters & more. You can find out lots more at Buuuut first let me show you how I made this DIY Tote & Coaster Set using Cricut Infusible Ink, my Cricut Maker & Cricut EasyPress 2. Let’s get started! :)

{wow me} wednesday #312

Hello! Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
I’m so glad you are here. :)

Last week I featured 6 Yummy Treats!
You can check them all out right over here.

Prayer Rock {tutorial}

Good morning! It’s time for another addition of Craft Lightning! You know those fun & easy crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less! This month’s theme is painted rocks. You can find a super fun painted rock book over on Amazon right now from one of our fellow bloggers. Check that out here. :) When I first heard this theme….the first idea that popped in my head was a prayer rock! My daughter & I have been working on some Personal Progress goals for our young women program at church. Annnnnd one of the goals we are working on is to remember to say our morning & evening prayers. A prayer rock comes in super handy for that! ;) I’m also sharing a cute poem to go along with it. So, let’s get started!

6 Yummy Treats

Good morning! How is your summer going? Ours has been fantastic. We swam at the lake yesterday evening, & it was perfection. I hope you are soaking up every minute of summer, too! :) Today is my favorite day of the week! I get to feature some of YOU! ;) I really, really appreciate all of those who link up each week to my {wow me} wednesday party! You guys are awesome & so talented! Today I’m excited to be featuring 6 Yummy Treats that were linked up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday party. Don’t forget this week’s party is still going on right here. So, make sure you stop by to see what everyone is up to! If you are a blogger, I’d love to see what you’re up, too. Buuuuut first check out this delicious feature post. Enjoy! :)

{wow me} wednesday #311

Hello! Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
I’m so glad you are here. :)

Last week I took the week off for the 4th. :)

So, check out this oldie but goodie feature post where I shared 12 Frozen Treats!  
These are all perfect for summer. You can find out more right over here.

DIY Temple Necklace {tutorial}

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Good morning! Recently I was called as the 2nd counselor in the Young Women’s program (the girls age 11-18) at church. So, you might see a lot more young women inspired crafts now on the blog. ha! ;) Anyways, it’s been a lot of fun. I work mostly with the younger girls ages 11-13, and they are fabulous! One of them is my amazing daughter! :) I love spending time with them. Recently at our Personal Progress night we were talking about why we work on our personal progress goals & why we say the YW theme each week. It all leads us to the temple. So, I made these cute DIY temple necklaces that they could wear to remind them of their goal to go to the temple.

{wow me} wednesday #310

Hello! Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
I’m so glad you are here. :)

Happy 4th of July week! It’s my favorite. :)

Last week I featured 10 Patriotic Treats!
You can check them all out right over here.